It all began with a pen and the fat ass Sears Wish Book. Desired items would be circled, and fingers crossed that they showed up under the tree on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Santa was never really addressed growing up; the folks preferred the story of baby Jesus. Forget coal, if you were bad then you’re going to hell! However, there were gifts. Calculated and designed to give the illusion of love, the family went all out with presenting the picture perfect holidays. Fast forward 30ish years and you can no longer “get more for your life at Sears,” as they have liquidated. I haven’t checked out their Wish Book for years, so this is fine by me.
Gift giving and receiving has also changed for me. I’d rather spend time with my homies than fighting with sweaty strangers for gifts in the mall. There is a small, dope crew of people I fuck with, and they share similar opinions on obligatory, seasonal gift giving. Personally, I love randomly coming across something that a friend would enjoy and giving it to them when least expected. The unexpected sticks in your mind and heart longer than trying to remember what someone came up with to give you last year.
A lot of people don’t like to receive gifts, for various reasons. How many times have you received something that is just not you at all?? So many of us are living in small condos and chances are good we don’t have the space for whatever is in that big pretty box. If we need something, hopefully we can get it for ourselves. There are so many people in the world that have less than nothing; the warped scale of the amount of rich people and poor people is just insane, and to receive a shit load of gifts because it’s a certain day of the year seems like a fucked-up situation. That white elephant gift exchange game should be abandonded. It’s just a bunch of junk being purchased and passed around, while the corporate bastards laugh their asses off.
I know someone who gives away every single gift he is given. I know a lot of people who volunteer or make donations to special foundations instead of giving gifts. These are great ideas and should be done year-round instead of just at the holidays. People on the streets are hungry every day, not only in December.
I wish Santa was real, and that every single person on the planet was given gifts. If that was the case, (and I made it on the nice list) I would hope for the following:
Peace on Earth. Or at the very least end the war on drugs, remove all greedy corrupt people from power, and give basic income to everyone worldwide so all the people can have a good time.
The ability to control the weather.
Some reefer plants, citrus trees, and other greenery for my home and my soul. Oprah got one thing right on her list. Giving and receiving plants, is like giving the gift of air. Check out your local nursery.
All the books listed in my “More Than a Glossy Love for Coffee Table Books” post. Plus many more, including Santa Claus: A Biography by Gerry Bowler, which looks like a festive, educational read.
A rescue cat or dog or both or more!
A dope ass, old school record player. To pump Tony, Billie, Frank, and friends. Please pour the wine.
Some beautifully, festive scented candles like the ones from my “Favorite Fall Things” post.
A Brie Baker like this Wildly Delicious Expressions, so I can eat cheese with my wine while reading and being swooned by the Rat Pack. I Love Cheese.
Super soft throw like this Archie Plaid, for chilling on the daily. This is the goal people. No need to kill yourself on high-end gift items that will rarely be worn or used. A simple life is a happy life.
To win the lotto jackpot so I can rescue animals, become a full-time artist, and donate it all back to people like Eddie at Black Jaguar-White Tiger foundation, Vinay Gupta, Elon Musk, and other amazing people who are actually doing good things for the planet. You know, the thing we all fucking rely on.
“So here’s my lifelong wish
My grown up Christmas list
Not for myself but for a world in need
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
And everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown up Christmas list”